F1 rolls into Baku for the first time this weekend and Codemasters have decided now is the best time to drop the first gameplay video for their upcoming F1 2016 game…alongside a confirmed release date!
Most importantly is the release date of F1 2016. Coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, the latest title will drop on 19th August 2016. Featuring the most in depth career mode yet, you’ll get the chance to create your own legend over ten seasons of F1 drama – both on and off the track. With the Safety Car, Virtual Safety Car, the new Haas F1 team and more to be included, it will surely be the most exciting F1 game of recent years.
Additionally, Codemasters also announced that there will be a Limited Edition of the game to pre-order which includes the F1 2016 ‘CAREER BOOSTER’ DLC PACK, which will give players a head start in their F1 career. It gives the user a ‘Research and Development boost’ that applies a percentage increase to all research and development credits earned by the player in each session in the new career mode. Exclusive Career Helmet and Laptop designs are also included. Once the player has selected their choice for their career helmet, this design is then applied to the laptop located within the Career hub.
The first gameplay video can be seen below and showcase Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer as they power round the new Baku street circuit in virtual form. The circuit itself is said to thrive on Baku’s very attractive urban atmosphere and its great combination of history and 21st century style. The historic city centre, the beautiful seaside promenade and the impressive architecture all combine to provide the perfect backdrop for the spectacular new track.
Speaking about his experience, Daniel commented: “I can’t think of anything like Baku… For the corners it looks like you want to have maximum downforce but I don’t think you can afford to run it because of the long straight. I think we will have to sacrifice some grip in the corners to keep up on the straight.”
Talking about Baku’s soon to be famous Turn 5, Jolyon Palmer, said: “There’s some crazy corners and maybe the craziest there is in FORMULA ONE with the up the hill left and then straight into a blind right hander… It’s going to be easy to hit a wall. It’s very high speed. The challenge is huge!” Jolyon also said that practising on the new circuit in the new F1 2016 videogame before the race itself meant that he now knows “…probably more than most others, maybe everyone in the field so, it’s going to give me a little advantage.”